29 Oct '11, 2pm

Eco-structure: News - GSA Finds Green-Building Practices Pay Off

To examine whether green buildings deliver their promised performance, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) conducted a study of 22 representative buildings from the administration’s portfolio. Each building was evaluated on its environmental performance, financial metrics, and occupant satisfaction. The overall results show that on average, GSA’s green buildings use less energy and water, have lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, cost less to maintain, and have more-satisfied occupants. Of the 22 buildings in the study, 12 previously had their performance assessed in 2007. All buildings in the study incorporated sustainable design, and 16 were LEED-NC certified or registered. The study was conducted in two phases and results were compared to both industry and GSA baselines. In the first phase, which was completed in 2008, the GSA developed a repeatable, post-oc...

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